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Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | April 1956 (USA)
With no law within 200 miles horse rancher Jeremy Rodak runs his spread with an iron hand and deals with rustlers even more ruthlessly.

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Storyline

Jeremy Rodock is a tough horse rancher who strings up rustlers soon as look at them. Fresh out of Pennsylvania, Steve Miller finds it hard to get used to Rodock's ways, although he takes an immediate shine to his Greek girl Jocasta. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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TOUGH AS A DESERT CACTUS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Romance | Western

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April 1956 (USA)  »

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Jeremy Rodock  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,846,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,193,000, 31 December 1956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,042,000, 31 December 1956
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(Western Electric Sound System)|

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Spencer Tracy was cast as Jeremy Roderick but was replaced by James Cagney, as he complained and procrastinated about working on that location because of the altitude of the Rockies. This essentially resulted in his being fired from MGM, his home studio since 1935. See more »

Quotes

Fat Jones: [In the bunkhouse: Steve is moving in] Say, friend... You don't just happen to have one of them new mail order catalogues?
Steve Miller: No, I ain't.
Fat Jones: Feller told me they had pictures in them this year - women in corsets.
Wrangler in bunkhouse: Fats, you got a dirty mind. That's why you'll never amount to nothin'.
Fat Jones: I ain't seen a woman - outside 'o Jocasta - in eight months. And you ain't gettin' no prettier.
[Other wrangler gives him the finger]
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Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.29 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

They Are Giving My Sweetheart Away
Written by Constantine Callinicos and George Buyukas
Performed by Irene Papas in Greek
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Bad Cause He Has To Be
10 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Stepping into the place of Spencer Tracy, James Cagney plays Jeremy Rodock in Tribute to a Bad Man. It's the story of a man in the wilds of the west where there is no law and he has to make his own to hold his own.

Of course in that kind of rugged country your character is also changed by the responsibility you have. You make a lot of enemies.

Don Dubbins is a young drifter who comes into the valley that Rodock and his spread dominate and finds a badly wounded Rodock. He administers some first aid and gets him back to his ranch. Cagney because he owes him his life, takes Dubbins in.

Cagney's got a live in mistress in Irene Papas and Dubbins goes kind of sweet on her. She's also got another admirer in one of the other ranch hands, Stephen McNally. If you think the plot is beginning to resemble Jubal which came out the same year, you're right.

Tribute to a Bad Man is the last of three Cagney westerns, The Oklahoma Kid and Run For Cover are the other two. I've never felt Cagney's urban persona is quite home on the range, but he does deliver a very good performance.

Best in the film however by far is Vic Morrow. He's the son of a rival rancher who Cagney catches stealing his horses. I can't say, but watch what he does to 'punish' him and then lets up. But Morrow's speech letting him know he's got a permanent enemy is the highlight of the film.

Without Cagney the film would be less than memorable though.


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